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Deck of the Month: April 2019

Apr 17, 2019 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie B.

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Deck of the Month Winner for April

Starting Spring Off Strong with a Deck Revival!

Everyone here at DecksDirect wants to say a warm congratulations to Simon of Coastal Living Builders in South Carolina for his beautiful deck renovation! One of the quickest ways to breathe new life into a tired outdoor space is to switch up an outdated wood railing for the contemporary low-maintenance look of a powder-coated aluminum system. Simon and his client chose the gorgeous Westbury Riviera railing system to complement the varying levels and angles of the home.

Simon chose the extraordinary look of the Westbury Riviera III, with a mid-rail piece that connects to the top rail on every third baluster for a unique style that draws attention without being overpowering. One of the most wonderful things about the Westbury Riviera line is they offer 6 different railing profiles to achieve the exact look you want for your outdoor space. From a simple, graspable top rail to the decadent look of ringed Riviera R; find the style you love and make the most of your backyard. The Westbury Riviera line offers 6 different railing profiles to help complete the look you want for your space

With this new railing installed, the homeowner will be saving his or her valuable time and money as the Westbury Riviera system is virtually maintenance-free. No more staining, sanding, or painting; now this space is for pure relaxation and enjoyment.

Congrats again, Simon from Coastal Living Builders in South Carolina on creating a killer new deck! Some DecksDirect swag is heading your way!

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If you have a photo you would like to submit to our contest, simply post a photo to Instagram including the hashtag #DecksDirect OR submit a photo with a review on the appropriate product page. You can also send your project photos to By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest!


DecksDirect Pro Tip: Dekor Lighted Balusters

Apr 15, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Dekor Single Basket Baluster with Light and Double Basket Baluster with Lights installed beautifully on a hardwood deck add a delicate touch of light throughout the night


How to Install Dekor Balusters with Lights

Add Amazing Light to Your Regular Railing

Dekor balusters are handcrafted from superior-grade aluminum, incredibly durable powder-coating, and the highest-quality LED lights available on the market. A contemporary and modern way to add illumination, personality and charm to your outdoor space all in one. Whether sprinkling a few throughout each section, or intertwining them with the classic look of standard Dekor balusters; Dekor balusters with lights are a unique way to increase the safety around your home and catch the attention of your neighbors and friends.

DecksDirect Pro Tip: Installing and incorporating Dekor Balusters with Lights into your railing system is best to be done either with new construction, or when doing a complete remodeling of railing. Each lighted baluster must be individually wired to the transformer. Installing these balusters once your railing is already finished will lead to a headache of taking everything apart and finding new ways to conceal the wire.

While an extremely elegant and gorgeous way to add brightness to your outdoor space, knowing when and how to layout the wiring for these balusters is crucial a beautiful setup. Check out the videos below to see the best methods of hiding low voltage wires within your railing as well as how to layout a lighting plan so that your deck may be efficient and enviable at the same time.


If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


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The Starborn Pro Plug System for Metal Framing allows you to attach composite, PVC and hardwood decking to steel and aluminum metal framing


Starborn Pro Plug System for Metal Framing

Build Your Deck Ahead of the Curve

One of the fastest growing deck trends of 2019 is building with metal framing systems such as Trex Elevations or Fortress Evolution systems. Creating a solid, immovable, and rot-free foundation for your deck ensures it will be incredibly long-lasting and guarantees a solid return on your home investment. As framing and decking systems are becoming more versatile, so is the hardware used to build it.

The Pro Plug System for Metal Framing by Starborn securely attaches your deck boards directly to your metal joists.

An incredible way to blend the strength of face-fastening with the sleek look of hidden fasteners, the Starborn Pro Plug system for Metal Framing was made to help securely attach deck boards directly to your metal joists. Crafted from the highest 410 grade stainless steel and then powder-coated for even more corrosion-resistance and strength; Starborn has made deck-building easy. No need for pre-drilling, simply use the SMART-BIT Depth Setter tool to create a consistent depth throughout. Then after fastening the deck board down, simply place your coordinating Pro Plugs in the opening above each screw for a smooth deck surface.


DECKFAST Deck Screws for Metal Framing are a perfect piece to complete and polish your deck surface all in one

A brilliant one-piece solution for strongly installing your composite or hardwood deck boards, DECKFAST Deck Screws for Metal Framing are both cost-effective and efficient. Made from 410 grade stainless steel and powder-coated to perfectly blend with the wide majority of composite and hardwood colors and tones. No pre-drilling required, this fantastic screw features a drill point with wings to prevent dimpling or mushrooming of boards.




If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Solar You Can Charge

Apr 01, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Stainless steel post anchor with hardware is a convenient way to connect your wooden posts directly to your deck surface


For the Perfect Light Every Time

use the all-new Savvy Solar Post Cap Light

Add intelligent illumination and superior design to your deck with the groundbreaking Savvy Solar Post Cap by Dekor; blending the top-tier quality you know from Dekor low voltage lighting with cutting-edge solar technology. Bring your outdoor living space into a brighter, more sustainable future as this post cap helps lighten your home's electricity use through the power of the sun and is crafted from completely recycled aluminum. Skip the hassle of wiring and powering every section of your deck and harness the power of the sun with the all-new Savvy Solar Post Cap; American-made by Dekor.

To ensure a consistent, lasting shine everyday Dekor equipped the Savvy Solar Cap Lights with smart charging indicators to help you control and maintain the brightness level you want. Select your radiance level and lighting schedule and the smart solar technology can calculate if your cap has received enough solar energy to remain lighted according to your settings. If your solar cell hasn't received enough sunlight, the cap will blink several times to show an inadequate energy level before remaining on as long as it can.

Worried about not gaining enough light on the occasional cloudy day? No problem! The Savvy Solar Cap can easily be charged through an external power source on days where the sunlight is low. Simply lift off your post cap, connect it to your Dekor LED DC Transformer with the EZ Quick Connect Wire (included with transformer) and let it charge via a standard outlet. After a few hours, your Savvy Solar Post Cap will be bright enough to shine on through even the most overcast days.    

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If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


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Product Spotlight: Dekor Perfect Panels

Apr 01, 2019 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

Dekor Perfect Panels are the ultimate railing accessory to add to your home in 2019; choose from standard or illuminated panels to give your backyard a downtown feel

Give Your Backyard a Downtown Feel

with Perfect Panels by Dekor

Create the distinctive look your outdoor space was made for with Perfect Panels from Dekor. For an outstanding look, directly from the box, Perfect Panels by Dekor add a dash of design to your standard railing sections easily. Choose from lighted or non-lighted Panels in coordinating Dekor premium powder-coat finishes to make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

These cast aluminum panels are a full 1/2 inch thick and 7-1/2 inches wide for a stunning look that also provides incredible strength. All end caps and installation hardware is included to ensure that adding a touch of glamour to your outdoor living area doesn't take hours of your time. Proudly made in the USA, Dekor crafts these decorative panels with aerospace grade aluminum for beauty that truly lasts.

Whether installing the Dekor Perfect Panels only, or between the matching Dekor Balusters, Perfect Panels are offered in Antique Metal Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Dark Copper Vein, and Hammered White to either complete your railing section or give a detailed pop of color.


Choose the Look for You


Dekor Perfect Panel

  • American Made
  • Cast and powder-coated aluminum for lasting strength
  • End caps and all installation hardware included
  • Offered in of Antique Metal Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Dark Copper Vein, and Hammered White






Dekor Perfect Panel with Lights

  • Proudly American Made
  • Features Cree LEDs for lasting light
  • End caps and installation hardware included
  • Lights are a precise 3200 Kelvin for the perfect balance of warm and cool temperature
  • Offered in of Antique Metal Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Dark Copper Vein, and Hammered White



Creating the deck vision you've been dreaming of for years has never been easier than with Balusters and Perfect Panels from Dekor. Get started on your outdoor project planning today! Give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at to start laying out the look you want.


UpSide Deck Ceiling by Color Guard creates a beautiful, finished ceiling on your lower level patio area easily.


UpSide Deck Ceiling

Installation Tips for a Smooth Project

The ever-growing deck trend of 2019 is expanding the usable space in your home with versatile under deck drainage system such as the UpSide Deck Ceiling. Perfect for both new construction and adding to existing decks, UpSide Deck Ceiling features a beadboard design on their channels to provide a flawless look and style above while keeping your guests dry below.

Below is a photo of the UpSide Deck Ceiling system during installation to better show how easy the parts come together to deliver a great water-diverting system:

See how easy it is to install the UpSide Deck Ceiling system on your home with this piece by piece breakdown

The Edge Trim and C-Channel create the perimeter of your project by simply mounting directly to your structure. Starter Strips are installed perpendicular to the joists and are attached using L-Brackets. On the Starter Strips, Glide Clips are mounted to hold the water-diverting Channels in place for a dry, outdoor living room below.


UpSide Deck Ceiling L-Bracket features an elongated opening in the middle to allow for future adjustments during installation

DecksDirect Pro Tip: When attaching the UpSide L-Brackets be use to drill the first hex screw in the middle of the lower slot to allow for adjustments throughout your project.


The top side of the UpSide Edge Trim has a single leg with slot openings

DecksDirect Pro Tip: When mounting the UpSide Edge Trim component, a helfpul note to keep in mind is that the top side of the Edge Trim features the one single leg with openings for attaching to the structure.

The UpSide Deck Ceiling System a perfect afternoon or weekend project for any builder level. From DIY-er to professional contractor, the UpSide drainage system will help your home grow along with your family. Check out the video below to see how simple it is to gain an entirely new room:


If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


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UpSide Deck Ceiling by Color Guard drains rain and snow melt out from your home to create a beautiful finished room beneath

Top Deck Design Trend of 2019: Deck Drainage Systems

Protect Your Deck, Expand Your Home

Want to take your deck to the next level this year? Check out the incredibly popular Under Deck Drainage trend that is sweeping the deck-building community this year. As families are growing and expanding, the majority of people are wishing they had more room in their home to both gather and spread out; store seasonal items or create a little place of their own.

Rather than spend their hard-earned money enduring a multiple month-long home addition process, most deck owners are skipping the pain of extended construction and creating outdoor living spaces for their family and friends to enjoy together. With systems installing as simply as in a few hours, Under Deck Drainage systems create an entirely new lower-level room that will remain dry and clear throughout the year.

So, cover up splintering old wooden joists and beams while gaining usable living space right outside your own home. Add an outdoor kitchen for backyard BBQs no matter the weather, or a cozy little nook to hide away from the hectic day; the choices and options are endless. The only question is: Which one is for me?

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What Deck Drainage System To Choose?


The finished beadboard look that UpSide Deck Ceiling delivers blends with almost all architectural styles of home while keeping water and debris away from your home

UpSide Deck Ceiling by Color Guard: Enjoy the nature and beauty of your backyard no matter the weather with UpSide Deck Ceiling. Durable and rugged PVC channels connect easily along the outside rims of your home to create a lower-level patio sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. Don't just gain a space, gain an entire room with the undeniable look of the installed UpSide system; available in coordinating white and tan finishes to help complete the look of your home and increase your curb appeal.

Ideal for both new and existing decks. No other systems necessary for a complete, finished ceiling you'll love.

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Trex RainEscape trough and downspout installation process

Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage: Trusted and beloved by both contractors and homeowners alike, the Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage system is a fool-proof install that promises to keep your joists and underdeck dry and clear for years to come. Made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene Plastic) the Trex RainEscape system can be installed in as little as three steps. Simply cover your joists with Trex RainEscape Butyl Tape, set downspouts in place, and attach your troughs between the joists using a staple gun or caulk.

Trex RainEscape is offered for new deck construction only and is available in tan and black finishes to essentially disappear from view when on the deck. Complete the ceiling with a system of your choice for a polished look.

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Zip-Up Under Deck Drainage System panel installation works quickly for a polished ceiling without extra tools or parts necessary

Zip-Up Under Deck Drainage System: Protect your deck's substructure while enjoying a dry lower-level patio or deck with Zip-Up Under Deck Drainage System. Zip-Up Under Deck panels securely snap together to form a watertight seal that channels the water out and away from your home. Incredibly easy to understand and install, with Zip-Up Under Deck an entirely new room could be yours in an afternoon.

The Zip-Up Under Deck system is available in premium white and beige finishes featuring either a serrated or pebble texture to complete the aesthetic of your home. Perfect to install on both new and existing decks.

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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Stainless Steel Post Anchors

Mar 25, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Stainless steel post anchor with hardware is a convenient way to connect your wooden posts directly to your deck surface


How to Mount Posts in Marine Areas Easily

use the all-new Stainless Steel Post Anchor

Secure wooden posts to your any deck, dock or patio surface comfortably with Stainless Steel Post Anchor; a perfect tool for creating long-lasting structural posts no matter the material or region. The tube of the post anchor is from corrosion-resistant grade 304 stainless steel while the impenetrable base is crafted from marine-grade 316 stainless steel for ultimate lasting power no matter the moisture.

These decay-resistant post anchors are recommended to be used with cedar, spruce, redwood, pine, hem-fir, or pressure-treated lumber. Use them to create polished deck railing posts, structurally solid gazebo or support posts, or even beautiful dock posts that won't weather in the salt air.

Finally starting the project of your dreams won't be stopped by the salty air, with Stainless Steel Post Anchors; in stock and available now at DecksDirect.

    The Stainless Steel Post Anchor can help you create stunning and long-lasting deck railing posts, pergola and support posts and docks posts    

To install your wood posts onto the Stainless Steel Post Anchor, use the Hole Saw for Deck Post Anchors to create the pilot hole needed. To make this task even easier, use a Deck Post Anchor Center Guide to create the perfect pilot hole every time.

When installing on a concrete surface, be sure to use a concrete fastener such as the Caliburn XL Concrete Screw in 4 inch or longer length for a supreme hold.

If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


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